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Data Provider: Welsh Government National Statistics Total social housing stock by local authority area and provider type
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WalesIsle of Anglesey3,7809344,714
Neath Port Talbot.12,46612,466
Vale of Glamorgan3,9302,7526,682
Rhondda Cynon Taf.15,41015,410
Merthyr Tydfil.5,8835,883
Blaenau Gwent.7,9767,976


Total stock of social housing landlords

Last update
10 August 2016 10 August 2016

Next update
August 2017

Publishing organisation
Welsh Government

Source 1
Social landlord stock and rents data collection, Welsh Government

Contact email

National Statistics

Lowest level of geographical disaggregation
Local authorities

Geographical coverage

Languages covered
English and Welsh

Data licensing
You may use and re-use this data free of charge in any format or medium, under the terms of the Open Government License - see

General description
The information presented here is collected via annual returns from Welsh social landlords on stock held by local authorities and registered social landlords (RSLs) as at 31 March each year.

Stock includes:
• units in which the RSL has an share on which it charges rent (full or shared ownership);
• both permanent and temporary stock;
• stock charged at social rents; and
• stock charged at intermediate rents and intermediate tenures (such as shared ownership properties).

It excludes:
• all non-residential properties;
• dwellings leased to temporarily house the homeless;
• any dwellings that are managed as a social lettings agency on behalf of another social landlord;
• fully-staircased shared ownership dwellings;

Investment properties and stock owned by the RSLs which are charged at market rents are identified separately from 2012-13. These include:
• properties where the social landlord has sold the leasehold through right to buy but retains the freehold; and
• investment properties, where an equity stake is owned until the homeowner sells the property (for example via the Homebuy option), but where no rent is charged.
It is suspected that a small number of properties that fall into this category have been included in prior years under other headings.

The data were collected via the annual WHO15 returns from local authorities and annual RSL1 returns from RSLs up to 2008-09, but have since been collected via the Welsh Government Social Landlord Stock and Rents data collection.

The proportion of social housing stock managed by RSLs will have been influenced by the large scale voluntary transfers of local authority stock. For further information please see the Quality Information in the related statistical release, as per the given weblink.

Within self-contained dwellings, the accommodation types include general needs, sheltered, other supported and extra care housing, and data are available on this basis back to 2008-09. During the 2012-13 data collection, the data collected for non self-contained dwellings were also broken down into the same accommodation types. Prior to that, non self-contained data were only collected as a total across all accommodation types.

Stock figures will differ from dwelling stock estimates published, which assume that three bedspaces of a non-self contained unit is equivalent to one dwelling.

Maisonettes are categorised as flats, whilst bungalows are categorised as houses.

Data for English registered RSLs with stock in Wales is excluded.

Data collection and calculation
The information presented here is collected via annual returns from Welsh social landlords (local authorities and registered social landlords) on the stock they held as at 31 March each year. The collection also requests the average rents for each category of stock by each provider, set for the following year on the same 31 March date. The data are requested with a breakdown between general needs, sheltered, other supported and extra care accommodation types, with a split into non self-contained and self-contained units, and further splits of the self-contained units into data by numbers of bedrooms for both houses (including bungalows) and flats (including maisonettes). Further information on stock held by these organisation but not available at social rents is also collected. Numbers for Wales are derived by summing the stock across all the providers, with rent averages calculated by weighting the individual rent figures by the respect stock in each cell of the data.

Frequency of publication

Data reference periods
Data are shown for stock from 2003-04 until 2014-15 inclusive. The figures for each financial year represent the position at 31 March (i.e. at the end of each financial year).

Users, uses and context
Please find this information in the related statistical publication, as per the given weblink.

Rounding applied

Revisions information
Data prior to the last period covered have been revised since previously published. Revisions are marked in the data with an (r).

As these data also form part of other data collections, for example counts of properties which are compliant with the Welsh Housing Quality Standard, it is possible that the data will be subject to minor revision in due course. If necessary, for example where revisions are significant, these amendments will also be included in a revised formal release of data (see weblinks).

Statistical quality
Please find this information in the related statistical publication, as per the given weblink.

Social housing; intermediate tenures; stock; houses; flats; bedrooms; general needs; sheltered accommodation; supported accommodation; extra care accommodation; social landlords